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PSR METRANS tours Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

Sunday, February 25, 2018

On February 15 th , 2018 students from USC, CSULB, and UCI, along with invited faculty, staff, and public and private sector guests toured the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project in the city of Long Beach. I was among the students present.  I learned of this trip through the METRANS student newsletter (METRANS on the Move) and was excited to attend. I remembered visiting the Port of Long Beach (POLB) almost a decade ago when the Environmental Impact Report was just adopted for the project, ...

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CSULB Upsets Defending Champion USC, beating UCI to win ITE Traffic Bowl 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

On February 10 th , 2018 four students from University of Southern California (USC) headed to UC Irvine to defend their title as prior year champions of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Traffic Bowl.  I was a member of the four-person USC team.  The competition also included student teams from PSR partner universities California State University Long Beach (CSULB), University of California Irvine (UCI), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and from local universities ...

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Opportunity for 2018 Study Visit Grant

Friday, February 23, 2018

An invitation to apply for 2018 Study Visit Grants has been made by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). PhD students and early stage researchers are encouraged to apply. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2018, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2018. The link below provides guidelines for the application, and information on VREF and the Future Urban Transport (FUT) program. VREF Study Visit Grants Guidelines Visit the VREF Website for details        

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Gordon and Cho Present Agglomeration in Southern California

Sunday, February 18, 2018

On January 31, 2018, at USC, Peter Gordon (Professor Emeritus, USC Price) and John Cho (Senior Regional Planner, SCAG) presented their research on agglomeration in Southern California as part of the PSR Spring 2018 Research Seminar Series.  Their presentation pointed out the strong connection between agglomeration and networking and explained how physical proximity among companies can generate a flow of knowledge between them. “Sharing information is an important part of the game,” Gordon ...

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PSR and ITS UC Irvine Host Colloquium on Redefining Mobility

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  On January 24, 2018, the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Irvine (ITS-Irvine) with co-sponsor the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center hosted “Graduate Colloquium on Redefining Mobility.” The nearly 80 attendees, who included faculty, practitioners, and students from UC Irvine, UCLA, and USC, gained knowledge on the current issues and future demands on mobility. The event began with a keynote presentation by Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director at Contra ...

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USC Chapter Attends 2018 ITE Western Leadership Summit at Oregon State University

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  From January 19 to January 21, 2018, students representing the USC Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers attended the 5th annual 2018 ITE Western Leadership Summit at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The summit gave students from universities from across the western district the opportunity to collaborate, meet leading professionals in the field, and further develop their leadership skills. The USC representatives represented both engineers and planners. The group included ...

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PSR METRANS Students Attend IEEP Annual Awards Dinner

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) held the 2018 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Ontario, California to celebrate its year of achievements and to honor special people’s contributions to the economic and social development of the Inland region. I was fortunate to attend the forum with the sponsorship of GoRail, an organization dedicated to working with thousands of community leaders across the country to tell the local story of freight rail ...

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Call for Papers - 3rd VREF Conference on Urban Freight

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Designing urban space and managing flows – the importance of freight for liveable cities 17-19 October 2018, Gothenburg Sweden The Urban Freight Platform invites you to submit abstracts to the 3 rd VREF Conference on Urban Freight . The conference will present current issues influencing urban freight research and discuss the complexity of designing urban space and managing flows for liveable cities. Key Dates 31st March - Abstract submission 1st May - Notifciation of ...

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PSR Practitioner Series Features Shawn Chavira

Sunday, February 4, 2018

  On January 17 th , 2018, Shawn A. Chavira, Associate Director of Transit Operations at USC joined the PSR METRANS Lunch with a Practitioner series and shared his insights with an audience of students, academics, and professionals. I was part of that audience.  Mr. Chavira is a transportation professional with greater more than 12 years of experience in transportation contracting management, and in 2013, was named one of the “Top 40 under 40 Transportation employees in the nation” by ...

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Professor James Moore Celebrates 30 Years at USC

Sunday, February 4, 2018

“If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan!” In the summer of 1981, after obtaining his B.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Urban Planning from Northwestern University, Professor Moore—a Midwestern native—recounts how he was driving across the Bay Bridge toward Stanford, certain that he would never return to the unbearable cold of the Midwest. Well, he was wrong. Ironically enough, after he completed his Stanford Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, the best school that offered Professor ...